Protect Hanover

Plan for a better tomorrow

On December 11, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Rochester, NY based Wegmans Food Markets Inc. announced the planned construction of a distribution center in central Hanover County.

Protect Hanover is a group of concerned neighbors working together to prevent the devastating impacts of the proposed Wegmans distribution center on surrounding communities and the environment.

Over the past year, Protect Hanover and its supporters have made significant progress in bringing the community’s many concerns to light. Concerned citizens have:


  • Spoken out before the Hanover County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meetings and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) public hearings

  • Written to their county, state and federal elected officials
    Click here for contact info to write your own letter.

  • Shared concerns with the media, which has covered the issue extensively
    Click here to read the coverage. 

  • Educated numerous associations and coalitions which now share the community’s concerns regarding impacts on both the environment and the historic Brown Grove community. Many of the groups, including the Southern Environmental Law Center, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and NAACP, have submitted their concerns to the DEQ.
    Click here to read the SELC letter.

  • Provided feedback in public comment periods to the DEQ and US Army Corps of Engineers
    Protect Hanover sample letter to DEQ/ACE.

  • Supported and elevated the voices of at-risk historic Brown Grove, a predominantly Black community founded 150 years ago, which has suffered decades of environmental injustice
    Read the letter from a State Delegate calling on DEQ to follow the law.

  • Appeared before the Hanover County Circuit Court to argue against Wegmans, Hanover County Board of Supervisors and the property owners, Air Park Associates. While the law suit was dismissed, the court allowed options to amend the lawsuit and it has been refiled.
    Read about the status of the lawsuit here.

  • Coordinated the overwhelming response during the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) first and second public comment periods and June hearing regarding the wetlands permit. As a result, DEQ requested additional actions and supporting materials from Wegmans and held a third comment period and second public hearing in November.
    Link to Protect Hanover’s November letter to DEQ.

  • Influenced the US Army Corp of Engineers which, following suit with DEQ, requested more extensive information from Wegmans and has since found approximately 250% more wetlands on the property.

  • Revealed in great detail at the November DEQ public hearing Wegmans’ submission errors and DEQ’s lack of oversight in the wetlands permitting process. DEQ has as a result requested Wegmans revise its application to correct these multi-million dollar errors which overinflated their costs in the LEDPA (Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative) analysis.
    See the comparison InfoGraphic.

  • Successfully pushed the Virginia State Water Control Board review of this permit from September 2020 until their tentatively scheduled January 2021 Board meeting.

  • Uncovered "Wegmans $20 million lie"



How to get involved


The overwhelming feedback from the community has made a huge impact. If you want to support your community and protect it from irresponsible development, there are things you can do. 

  • Attend the Hanover County Board of Supervisors meeting January 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm 

    Hanover County Administration Building, Board Room
    7516 County Complex Road
    Hanover, VA 2306

    A Citizens' Time period will be held at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m.  There is an agenda item to consider the addition of a portion of Atlee Rd. to the list of recommended No Through Truck routes.  

  • Attend the State Water Control Board (SWCB) virtual public hearing, tentatively scheduled for Friday February 26, 2021 starting at 10:00 AM. Details will be posted here when available. 

    Previous commenters who attend can also designate their allotted 3 minutes to others who can speak for up to 15 minutes. If you wish to donate your time, please send an email to protecthanover@gmail.com .  
    Note: Only those that have submitted comments in one of the DEQ comment periods or spoken at the prior DEQ public hearings will be allowed to address the SWCB or donate their time.



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  • Please consider a generous donation. A group of citizens is pursuing legal action to challenge the Hanover County Board of Supervisors’ decision. Hanover COPE LLC (Citizens Organized for the Protection of our Environment) is raising funds to support these efforts. To donate, click the button below. For more information, contact HanoverCOPE@gmail.com


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